Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis and families in Hennepin, Ramsey and nearby County families can turn to Jewish Family and Children's Service for help. Some programs are available to anyone from the community while others are focused just on members of the Jewish faith. Resources administered include emergency financial aid, job training, scholarships, and resources for seniors and the elderly.

When requesting assistance, the Intake and Resource Connection is the department that you will more than likely be put into contact with. This is the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) groups that will determine what, if anything, an applicant qualifies for and then provide more information.  It may be in the form of direct support or referrals to other non-profits or government agencies in the greater Minneapolis area.

Short term, Emergency Financial Assistance, can help qualified lower income clients and/or qualified members of the Jewish community. They may qualify for financial support for needs such as housing, heating bills, medications or rent. There are grants and funds for families and individuals that are eligible for the programs. If you do not qualify, then receive referrals to other non-profit community services as they have partnerships with other groups. An intake process is used. Call 952-546-0616.

IRP, or the Individual Referral Program, is also sponsored by the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program. It offers funds and cash assistance for books, tuitions and tools for technical and vocational training that lead to sustainable, full-time employment in the Hennepin County area.

The Jewish Free Loan Program, or JFLP, can assist members of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Twin Cities that are part of the Jewish community. It is offered to those who face unexpected financial challenges or a crisis. The mission of the organization is to provide interest-free loans to members of the Jewish community. The money is used to promote self-sufficiency in the long run and to also preserve dignity in accordance with the Jewish value of tzedakah.

A maximum of $7500 or so is allowed. The loans can be used to pay for expenses such as employment expenses, credit card debt, home repairs, medical bills, prescriptions, or other expenses that can disrupt an entire family’s financial stability. The loans do of course need to be repaid.




Seniors in Minneapolis can benefit from the Deikel Family AlterCare Adult Day Program. It supports caregivers when it becomes challenging for them. Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) coordinates personal care including bathing, Kosher meals and snacks, support for caregivers, and other aid for seniors.

Scholarship programs can help pay for post-secondary education and college expenses. A formal application is required from interested students and families.

Low income and struggling residents in Anoka and Hennepin Counties can call Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis at 952-546-0616. The phone number for people in Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties is 651-698-0767.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis Employment and job training

The center offers those seeking employment access to a full array of job search and career services. Among other things, it will help job seekers prepare for success in the very competitive market. Assistance is available from specialists for assessing strengths and interests, exploring career options, and also for sharpening job search skills.





JFCS of Minnesota offers customized career services that meet a clients needs. What may be offered includes cover letter services, resume, networking tips and opportunities, interview preparation, job search coaching, and social media training.

Individual Job Search Coaching will offer strategies for a job search, exploration of work history, and self-presentation along with a cover letter and résumé critique. The Individual Career Counseling will allow individuals to evaluate interests and skills, core values, and establish long term goals. A career counselor from Jewish Services helps people develop a customized plan of action. Career counseling benefits people at all stages of their life, from young adults beginning their work life, to help begin a new career, and help is also for those looking to clarify an existing career path.

Resume Development Services are available from Certified Professional Writers. They will work with clients and translate job seekers’ credentials and accomplishments into a professional resume that attracts attention from employers. This service include writing, consultation, editing and design.

Interpretation and Assessment from Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis provide an objective, validated, reliable framework for identifying skills, interests, personality traits and aptitudes. Professional interpretation of the results of the assessment help people gain insight into what is needed for career development.

CAFE Networking Group coordinates an opportunity for the unemployed and job seekers to network and share employment information and industry contacts. Each session in Hennepin County includes topical and free advice on career searches.




Training and Employment Readiness services will target specific job search skills. Clients will learn how to transition through the market. Get help in identifying your best assets, customize cover letters and resumes, use social networking tools to ramp-up your job search, and also get help in honing your interview and follow-up techniques.

The Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis is located at 13100 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305. Call 952-546-0616 for intake.

By Jon McNamara

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